Welcome to Xavier! We are glad that you have chosen to enroll at the University and hope your doing so will help you achieve your goal of becoming a health professional. Here's some advice for new students. More will come later via premed meetings and email messages.
First, although we have been successful in placing African-Americans into medical school for many years, do NOT think that merely enrolling at Xavier will automatically get you into medical school. Students from Xavier who gained entry into medical school and other health professions schools in the past did so because they worked hard to keep their grades up, prepared adequately for professional school entrance exams, and listened to the advice which was provided as they progressed through the University. If you do the same, then you have an excellent chance of getting into medical, dental, or another type of health professions school. If not, the mere fact that you have enrolled at Xavier will not help you to gain admission. XU students are not getting in because of who we know or because of affirmative action. They are getting in because they are obviously as qualified as other applicants. If you focus on your career goal and put the time in, you too can become a physician, dentist, or other health professional. Now is the time to decide whether or not you are willing to do ALL that should be done, beginning freshman year, to prepare a competitive application to medical, dental, etc. school.
Second, there are a number of meetings scheduled this academic year for ALL Freshman Premeds and New Transfer Premeds (a.k.a. Biomedical Honor Corps Freshman Premed Meetings) which you should attend. A tentative list of meetings for the Fall will be distributed when you sign-in with the Premed Office during Freshman Orientation/Registration. Go to www.xula.edu/premed and click on "XU Students Interested in Medicine, Dentistry, etc.," then "List of Freshman Premed Biomedical Honor Corps Meetings for Fall Semester" to view the meeting schedule. Please note that the first meeting for the Biomedical Honor Corps (again, ALL Freshman & New Transfer Premeds) is on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 3:00 pm in NCF 105. Transfer premeds are encouraged to complete Freshman Premed Meetings so that they can become acclimated to premed advising at Xavier and obtain pertinent introductory information for students who are interested in applying to health professions schools.
Yes, we know that late afternoon and evening meetings are not the most convenient for everyone, BUT it is the only time most of you are free. If you are unable to attend a meeting, PLEASE STOP BY THE PREMED OFFICE BEFORE THE NEXT FRESHMAN PREMED MEETING TO MAKE IT UP!!! (Note: We didn't say gaining admission into medical, dental, etc. school was going to be easy–just that it could be done if you want it badly enough.)
Third, you should check the email address that you submitted when you signed-in with the PM Office AT LEAST ONCE A DAY for important messages regarding summer programs, premed advising, and upcoming events. Be sure to add the Premed Office's "reply to" email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to your email "contacts" to ensure that our messages are NOT being filtered as junk or spam mail. Also, you should pay attention to special signs in and around the Premed Office (NCF 108) and in the elevators in the NCF Science Building and the Science Annex regarding health professions school recruiters, premed meetings, etc.
Fourth, new premeds should DEFINITELY plan on utilizing the University's Resource Centers for assistance with General Biology, General Chemistry, Math, and other areas. More information regarding the various Resource Centers may be obtained by visiting the Student Academic Success Office (SASO) website http://www.xula.edu/saso/index.html.
Fifth, you should DEFINITELY plan on talking with some of the more than twenty-five (25) medical, dental, etc. schools expected to send recruiters to campus this academic year. A schedule of upcoming visitors is posted on the window outside of the Premedical Office, and recruitment visit signs are posted (a week or so before the visit) on the large moveable bulletin board which is located directly in front of the entrance to the old portion of the NCF Science Building (as well as in elevators located in NCF). Upcoming visits are also announced via email to premeds who have working email addresses on file in the Premedical Office. You should talk with as many recruitment representatives as possible to find out what their schools have to offer.
AGAIN, WELCOME TO XAVIER!!! And remember, the Biomedical Honor Corps Orientation for All Freshman & New Transfer Premeds will be held on Friday, 8/19/16, 3:00 pm in NCF 105.